Article Title:Come back to church says gay bishop
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:12th July 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2425
Text:The world's first openly gay Episcopal bishop this weekend urged gays, lesbians and transgendered people to return to the church. Speaking at a gay pride celebration in Vermont to about 300 worshippers, Bishop Gene Robinson said the Episcopal Church was changing and now is more accepting of gays and lesbians. "You and I have spent a lot of time with folks that don't know a God," he told the congregation. "You and I have to come out to our homosexual brothers and sisters as well about God." Because the church is responsible for turning so many away, it is now responsible for bringing even more back to God, he said in an interview earlier in the day. "An awful lot of people left their churches for very good reasons...not leaving would have been like staying with an abusive spouse. Some of the churches, including the Episcopal Church, are changing."    
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